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About Us

UGAHacks is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts an annual 48 hour programming sleepover which takes place in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia.

UGAHacks is an event that prides itself as being like non-other where hackers, sponsors, and mentors can come together and not only have an environment to work and create anything their mind can think of but also enjoy their time while they are there.

UGAHacks has seen tremendous growth since its creation in 2015. We have grown from 200 hackers, 6 sponsors, and less than 10 mentors to now over 500 plus hackers, 15 plus sponsors, and over 15 mentors.

Every year there is a new adventure to explore and new prizes to be won. Each event encompasses different people to meet, workshops to learn from, food to enjoy, and side events to take some time to relax.


We also have become a recognizable brand with the cutest mascot, Byte, who is seen making an appearance at every event we have since 2019.

We are always looking for new partners and new people to be apart of our event each year in order to make it even better than the last and give them an opportunity to tap into recruiting up-and-coming computer science talent, so if you are interested, please feel free to reach out to us.

As an organization, we take great pride in our growth and are excited to see our event reach even greater heights.

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25+
Schools Represented
1200+
Hackers
180+
Projects
40+
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#19
MLH Hackathon Ranking

Past Events

2020

UGAHacks 5

UGAHacks 5 was hosted at the Zell Miller Learning Center, which would become the new home for UGAHacks. The 5th rendition of UGAHacks was the largest we have seen to date with 500 participants, 14 sponsors, 15 mentors, and a record 70 project submissions. UGAHacks 5 was themed around bringing 'otherworldly' ideas to life with our mascot, Byte, heading to explore space, but from the event perspective UGAHacks 5 could be considered the 'Launch Pad' that became the new standard for all future UGAHacks events.

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2019

UGAHacks 4

UGAHacks 4 returned to its original home at the Lamar Dodd School of Art which allowed it to have a greater presence within the University that year. This event saw a total of 450 participants, 11 sponsors, 15 mentors, and over 50 project submissions. The fourth UGAHacks event also experienced the greatest diversity of hackers from so many different schools across the entire world. UGAHacks 4 allowed for a new sprouting of ideas and possibilities for all future events which were once thought of as unattainable.

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2018

UGAHacks 3

UGAHacks 3 was hosted at Thinc Studios once again but this event did not fail to exceed expectations as its predecessors once did. There was a change in leadership which came with a new organizational structure and new way of planning a hackathon. The third rendition of our event created a recognizable brand which allowed hackers, sponsors, and partners to see a new vision that UGAHacks was about to embark upon, one that they had to be a part of. We saw a total of 150 participants, 10 sponsors/partners, and over 26 submissions for projects. UGAHacks 3 was centered around the possibilities that could come from partnering with a team around a table in vein to how UGAHacks 3 and future events came to life - with a few students coming around a table and communicating new ideas.

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2016

UGAHacks 2

UGAHacks 2 moved to a new home in Downtown Athens, Thinc. Studios, which helped created a more hacker friendly environment with better work spaces, bean bag chairs, and modern presentation rooms for unique workshops. In total, 24 projects were submitted. The second UGAHacks event saw great growth with more resources to add key features to the event such as food, a larger venue, and better prizes. This all fueled the desire for more hackers to come and create a standard of awesomeness moving forward.

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2015

UGAHacks 1

The original UGAHacks event began at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The first event of its kind at UGA was special because two roommates wanted to bring an underrepresented community of students within the Computer Science and Engineering schools together for a weekend of fun and unlimited creativity. The first version of our event had humble beginnings with less than 100 participants and 36 submissions for projects. UGAHacks became the new safe haven for hackers can come together to learn, create and share!

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2015 - The initial UGAHacks team formed with the plan of bringing the hacking spirit to Athens, Georgia

Meet the team!

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Byte
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Boot up your dreams - Build the future

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Glen George
Lead Director

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Glen George
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Yi Jian MaMa
Finance Director


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Sydney Nelms
Logistics Director


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Jenny Kim
Marketing Director

"Rainy day = Noodles"

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Jeffery John
Sponsorship Director

"Go Dawgs!"

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Jeffery John
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Kane Du
Web Director

"Hello there"

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Kane Du

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Danny Lee
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Jin Jeong
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"Proud of the hacks team!"

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Jennifer Ly
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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
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"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Paul Hansa
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Kevin Tang
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"Hack on!"

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Kyle Aban
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Miranda Gomez
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"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how"

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Stefan Tobler
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"No mom I don't know what error code 27 means on the TV"

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Aidan Ostapko
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"I make things move"

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Annie Lian
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Annie Lian
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Felise Wen
Marketing Advisor

"Opinions on Frozen Pop Tarts?"

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Felise Wen

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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Advisor

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Chunwing Ng
Sponsorship Team

"The only time I'm not on caffeine is when I'm asleep "

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Connor Cummings
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Keshav Raviprakash
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Sameer Annavarapu
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"Never regret anythin that made you smile"

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Shivani Nanda
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Sudhan Chitgopkar
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"Some flies are too awesome for the wall"

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Venusly Yang
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"If Monday had a face, I would punch it."

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Andrei Spatariu
Web Advisor

"If you're good at one thing, make it everything."

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Danny Lopez
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Emmanuel Oni
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"The universe is change and life is opinion"

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Neal Patel
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"Space, reading, coding."

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Lana Kelly
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"Your voice matters. Vote!"

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Shawn Holman
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"My passion is code!"

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Shawn Holman

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Byte
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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
Lead Director

"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Amy Yang
Finance Director


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Glen George
Logistics Director

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Annie Lian
Marketing Director


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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Co-director

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Shivani Nanda
Sponsorship Co-director

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Andrei Spatariu
Web Director

"If you're only good at one thing, make it everything."

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Danny Lee
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Jin Jeong
Advisor

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Jennifer Ly
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Jennifer Ly
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Paul Hansa
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Paul Hansa

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A.C. Willams
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Sydney Nelms
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Stefan Tobler
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"No mom I don't know what error code 27 means on the TV"

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Thonny Koon
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Felise Wen
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Connor Cummings
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Jeffery John
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"Go Dawgs!"

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Alex Costa
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Courtney Hogan
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Danny Lopez
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Julian Camp
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Kane Du
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"Hello there"

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Leaf
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Sowing the seed for the next generation of coders.

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Jin Jeong
Lead Director

"Proud of the hacks team!"

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Beier Zhu

"I learned from the creators that you don't have ot be talented, just a heart for the community."

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Felise Wen
Marketing Director

"Opinions on Frozen Pop Tarts?"

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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
Logistics Director

"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Sunny Park
Sponsorship Director

"I'm privileged to have been part of the team to create an amazing event for future talent!"

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Danny Lee
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Jennifer Ly
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Paul Hansa
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Glen George
Logistics Team

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Annie Lian
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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Team

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Connor Cummings
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Shivani Nanda
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Richard Red
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"Do it"

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Sahil Patel
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"My motivation is making hella stacks."

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Sahil Patel

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Table
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It's amazing what you can make with a team and a table.

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Danny Lee
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Jennifer Ly
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Paul Hansa
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James Wang
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Tyle Vox
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Ashley Wang
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DJ Bradbord
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"Back in my day, organizer rooms were always stocked with free soylent"

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DJ Bradford

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Jacky Fong
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Nick Tang
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"CEO of 3 point stories"

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Anurag Banerjee
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Aditya Sood
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Jade Glasgow
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Kelsie Belan
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"Fail often, fail fast." ― Don Norman

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Jay Patel
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Jay Patel

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Heather Hunynh
Tech Director


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Anurag Banerjee
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Anurag Banerjee

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Jaicob Stewart
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Malinda Inthirath
Marketing Director

“I feel lucky to have been a part of the inaugural UGAHacks five years ago. I’m excited for what UGAHacks 6 has in store!”

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Malinda Inthirath

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Caleb Adams
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